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Palm Reviews

Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
66 Reviews
3.2
66 Reviews
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Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein
Jon Rubinstein
34 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • There are great people, great products and interesting and compelling projects (in 6 reviews)

  • People are very friendly and helpful (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management has made bonehead decision after bonehead decision (in 4 reviews)

  • All of the people are the ones who got promoted because all the qualified people left one after the other (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Satisfactory

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Palm

    Pros

    There were intelligent people working there.
    Nice environment even in the face of difficulty.

    Cons

    Bad senior management which eventually led to shut down by HP.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Mr. Toad's Wild Ride!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Palm

    Pros

    Palm is a great company that lost its way. There are great people, great products and interesting and compelling projects.

    Cons

    I have had almost as many projects cancelled as shipped. It feels like the company is constantly in a state of being bought or sold. Office politics have been extreme at times, but not too bad currently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Beef up communications and provide a consistent direction. Get Palm past the current limbo state quickly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Technically enriching experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Palm

    Pros

    New technology, cutting edge technology, getting to work with very smart people

    Cons

    Uncertainty of the job due to market conditions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve on planning

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    The lights are off and nobody is home

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Palm

    Pros

    Significant financial incentives put forth to align teams on transforming company
    Significant opportunities for people to step up and lead

    Cons

    No transparency on company challenges or progress
    Understaffed given the challenges facing business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    So much potential squandered.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Palm

    Pros

    Brand recognition; some really great, dedicated people working through some difficult situations (i.e. product and software quality was usually an issue which affected many of the customer facing departments)

    Cons

    Unfortunately management didn't have its attention on some of the key areas that were affecting Palm's reputation and product sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My job was ending just as Rubinstein was coming in and while I was anxious to see how things panned out and if he would make a difference, it seems he couldn't. His product design and new software was obvously a breath of fresh air compared to what Palm had been producing but there seem to have been many of the same hardware/software quality problems that were there before 2007.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good in the beginning...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Palm

    Pros

    Good in the beginning way before the acquisition from HP. Company was small enough where you were able to have various opportunities.

    Cons

    Company became way too political and it really depended on your boss. My boss had an inferiority complex and only looked out for her interest. It became more about how much you can kiss up to move forward rather than being a team and working for the company as a common goal.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    pleasant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Palm

    Pros

    fellow colleagues are smart and able to work from home by remote access to office software dev env. free tea at the lounge.

    Cons

    vision for product innovation is mediocre. and marketing dept needs major improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Palm is part of the large HP corporation. goodluck.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent individual contributor talent, really bad management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Palm

    Pros

    Great technology, much talent (unfortunately wasted).
    Good office space
    Potential to leverage HP sales and financial strength, if only management cared

    Cons

    Most upper management is inexperienced and immature. If you are looking for coaching, career growth, a place to learn, don't bother wasting your time here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign; you are not interested in doing great things with this technology, let others do it. Get rid of people who manage by fear and empire builders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Senior management is neither

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Palm

    Pros

    Cool technology, many smart people around the company, potentially big opportunities to grow the company, the market, etc. Future potential is interesting

    Cons

    Senior management lives in denial, unwilling to recognize limitations of products, of engineering team, etc. They just need to open their eyes and their thinking a bit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need more than cool technology and patents to win in the marketplace. Take a close look at companies with inferior technology that are winning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Palm

    Pros

    -Positioned as the next apple based on business model
    -Potential for growth

    Cons

    -A lot of the great talent have left for other companies (Apple, Google)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Retaining top talent is a concern
    -Hiring top talentis a concern

    Approves of CEO

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